High-resolution k-band spectroscopy of MWC 480 and V1331 Cyg

Joan R. Najita, Greg W. Doppmann, John S. Carr, James R. Graham, J. A. Eisner

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We present high-resolution (R = 25,000-35,000) K-band spectroscopy of two young stars, MWC 480 and V1331 Cyg. Earlier spectrally dispersed (R = 230) interferometric observations of MWC 480 indicated the presence of an excess continuum emission interior to the dust sublimation radius, with a spectral shape that was interpreted as evidence for hot water emission from the inner disk of MWC 480. Our spectrum of V1331 Cyg reveals strong emission from CO and hot water vapor, likely arising in a circumstellar disk. In comparison, our spectrum of MWC 480 appears mostly featureless. We discuss possible ways in which strong water emission from MWC 480 might go undetected in our data. If strong water emission is in fact absent from the inner disk, as our data suggest, the continuum excess interior to the dust sublimation radius that is detected in the interferometric data must have another origin. We discuss possible physical origins for the continuum excess.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)738-748
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 20 2009


  • circumstellar matter
  • planetary systems: protoplanetary disks
  • stars: individual (MWC480, V1331 Cyg)
  • stars: pre-main sequence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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